As part of the greater Zonta International non-profit organization, the Conejo Valley Area club seeks to empower and advance the status of women locally and worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status through service, advocacy, and of course – friendship. We have four primary service projects that we have supported for many years:
Special Kids Day at the Conejo Valley Days: annually, the Conejo Valley Days carnival site is open exclusively for handicapped and disabled children. Zonta CV club sponsors and coordinates all aspects of the special day including: bus transportation, 1:1 match of each child with a teen or adult volunteer, lunch provided by a local service club such as the Thousand Oaks Elk Lodge, carnival games and rides, special demonstrations, and take-home items.
Z-TAP (Zonta Training and Advocacy Program): Started in 2006 by the Westminster Free Clinic with funding support of Zonta CV, the ZTAP program provides paraprofessional training for wormen to learn about domestic violence and what they can do; how to raise non-violent children; and signs/symptoms of depression, anxiety and teen suicide. Graduates are encouraged to share the information they learned with their community.
Westminster Free Clinic: Currently held every Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, WFC provides FREE primary health care to low-income patients, including screenings, diagnosis, medications, mental health, podiatry, chiropractic, vision care, immunizations, and dental evaluations. Each week the center also provides free fruits and veggies, education, exercise, and help with other necessities. Unique to WFC, the volunteer health professionals and patients are assisted by high-school students enrolled in WFC’s 2-year internship program. Zonta CV supports WFC by providing dinner to all professional and teen volunteers, and financial support as needed.
Scholarships: Each year Zonta CV awards numerous scholarships to support women pursuing college degrees in fields of business, public affairs, and aerospace science/engineering, as well education for women returning to the work force.